Not even the Vatican City is a secure place

Mexico
December 26, 2009 1:45pm CST
Hi Mylotters. I was shocked after knowing that Pope Benedict XVI was attacked by a woman for the second time. According to L.A. Times the incident happends in St. Peter's Basilica just before the start of Christmas Eve Mass. The woman who pulled him to the floor had jumped the barrier at last year's midnight Mass in a failed bid to get to the pope. She even wore the same red hooded sweat shirt. The Vatican identified the woman as Susanna Maiolo, 25, a Swiss Italian national with psychiatric problems who was immediately taken to a clinic for treatment. Officials said she lives in Switzerland, and the Italian ANSA news agency said she had traveled to Rome specifically for the Mass, as she did last year. Virtually anyone can get into a papal Mass. Tickets are required but are easy to get if requested in advance. Identification is not necessary to gain entrance, though visitors must pass through a metal detector.
2 responses
@lyzabelle (1668)
• Philippines
26 Dec 09
You are right no place in this world is secure or safe enough for us. Not even our own house. This world is producing mental ill people from time to time. They could hurt anybody at any given time. So we can already assume that there's no safe place here on earth.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
26 Dec 09
Perhaps if the Catholic church would elect a pope younger than 90 years old who doesn't need a walker to get around, the pope may be able to defend himself a little better. However, if they appoint a pope that is too young, there will likely be a lot more alter boys or choir boys being raped...
• Mexico
26 Dec 09
Hi golden eagle: Actually I would not want to have a younger pope not because of raped boys XD lol, but because i think that age makes people wiser and as a Catholic I would like that we have the better choice for our church. On the other hand, what was shocking for me was to know that there is no way you'll be totally secure. Thanks for your answer. Hope you are having a nice day. Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays. Take Care. -Alvaro.
• United States
27 Dec 09
Yes you are correct that age makes a person wiser (sometimes at least), but this guy had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel when they elected/appointed him. I didn't really see the point in putting someone into office as pope that is probably going to kill over in the next couple of years at some point, but then again, maybe the reason for it is because they don't want anyone to be in that office more than a few years before having to put someone else into the position??? That is about all I can think of...
• Mexico
1 Jan 10
Hi golden eagle: Actually the pope has been there for almost five years that's more time than the period of a president during his/her first term in many countries. Pope Benedict was elected when he was 78 years old but he's not the oldest pope, actually pope Clement X was elected when he was 80 years old and he was pope for sixteen years